Branching scenarios are great, but when are they worth the time and effort required to create them?
Branching scenarios are great. However, no solution is the right approach 100% of the time. Sometimes, another strategy makes more sense.
I’m speaking at the Learning Solutions 2019 Conference. I have a session on choosing branching scenarios and a panel in the future of instructional design.
When I completed building this branching scenario in Storyline, I ran into a couple of issues. Here’s how I built the scenario and solved those problems.
When I build branching scenarios, I prefer to build a single path first. Then, I can go back and fill in the rest of the decisions later.
This is how I built a simulated phone conversation in Articulate Storyline as part of a branching scenario.
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Ruth Clark identifies 8 learning domains where scenario-based learning can be used effectively. These common topics for workplace training all involve more strategic decision-making rather than simply following a checklist of tasks.
Listen to my interview about scenario-based learning experiences on The Lounge podcast with Jacqueline Hutchinson.
When you think of branching scenarios, do you think of self-paced elearning, maybe of an entire course with nothing but a complex branching scenario? While a lengthy branching scenario can be effective on its own, that isn’t the only way to use this approach. Combining branching scenarios with other training approaches lets you use branching scenarios for the activities where they matter most, while using other methods where they are effective.